Drainage a constant concern along Jefferson Highway
BATON ROUGE - Ditches holding debris and water-blocking culverts are creating problems for drivers and residents.
It's about a mile stretch on both sides of Old Jefferson Highway between Tiger Bend and Barringer Foreman Road.
Business owner Bob Hendrick says he's been watching it get worse for nearly a decade. He admits the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has been out to address what's happening with the ditches, but says there's still an issue.
"Every time you drive up and down this road it almost makes me vomit," said Hendrick.
Ditches and culverts along Old Jefferson Highway are littered with trash, debris and growing algae. In one spot, a telephone pole has fallen into the middle of the ditch. With each rain, Hendrick says it gets worse. In some areas, the water is stagnant.
"This water never moves, it can't go anywhere," he said.
After multiple calls the DOTD, Hendrick says little change has been made. He's concerned about the mosquitoes and with so much rain, the water overflowing in some areas onto the road. Hendrick says the ditches need to be dug and cleared.
"You can't drain water uphill," he said.
DOTD tells 2 On Your Side it's been along Jefferson Highway to clean out the ditches and pick up litter twice in 2017. A field crew will be checking on the area to look for areas that are blocked or need clearing.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Baton Rouge security company offers active-shooter technology as part of security training
Central City Council approves funding for more license plate readers
Laplace bracing for 2022 hurricane season
After owners' sex crime arrests, Tiki Tubing no longer plans to open...
Orange Beach to beef up safety protocols ahead of memorial day weekend
Southern baseball wins game one 21-2 over Alcorn
VIDEO: Former Saints and Tiger Devery Henderson talks about the difference between...
New NCAA rules tweak opens door for more SEC dominance
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"
VIDEO: Former Tigers and Saints receiver Devery Henderson talks with Corey Rholdon...